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I have read extensively through the CRF250 and WR250 RTW/long haul reports and although both seem capable...
I'd ride what has parts available locally where ever you're going: Things like brake parts, shift lever, oil & air filters, sprockets, shocks. Having those parts available locally is important for my choice. In any case, I do agree that a 250cc moto is a great bike for travel & exploration. If you pack light, there is no hesitancy to get off the main highways and ride where the heavily loaded travelers generally don't go.
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OK So today I took the CRF for a test ride, since it's been the fist day that it hasn't been storm conditions for the last week and a half.

Thoughts: Now I can't tell if it's because i'm coming from an 800 GS Twin or not, but the CRF felt needlessly underpowered. It felt like it developed less power than a 15 year old carbed XR250L. Last year I owned a 2007 XR125L and that felt comparable to the CRF today. Surely that can't be right?

Power aside it did feel fine however. Ususal Honda build characteristics and I felt very at home on it. My first ever bike was a Honda and I have had many since then.

Tomorrow I will go test the KLX, as in the FI Euro version, so I will see how that compares.

There is no option to test the WR. It would be a leap of faith purcahse, or a short flight to another country for a test ride. Eek.
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Thoughts: Now I can't tell if it's because i'm coming from an 800 GS Twin or not, but the CRF felt needlessly underpowered.

well, because it is and gearing is screwed too.
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You could plan your next holiday around a wrr test ride.

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OK So today I took the CRF for a test ride, since it's been the fist day that it hasn't been storm conditions for the last week and a half.

Thoughts: Now I can't tell if it's because i'm coming from an 800 GS Twin or not, but the CRF felt needlessly underpowered. It felt like it developed less power than a 15 year old carbed XR250L. Last year I owned a 2007 XR125L and that felt comparable to the CRF today. Surely that can't be right?

Power aside it did feel fine however. Ususal Honda build characteristics and I felt very at home on it. My first ever bike was a Honda and I have had many since then.

Tomorrow I will go test the KLX, as in the FI Euro version, so I will see how that compares.

There is no option to test the WR. It would be a leap of faith purcahse, or a short flight to another country for a test ride. Eek.
Compared to your 800 a Crf will feel gutless if course. You will have to use throttle and shift pedal much more often to keep up speed. And the speed of a 800 you will never keep up of course.

I havent owned a Crf but have been riding it as a rental for about 10 k kms and on highways I found a sweet spot around 95 km/h. You could of course push it harder but then the engine seemed to feel a bit stressed. Anyhow - as someone mentioned earlier in the thread - the Crf has more tourqe lower down than comparable bikes. Its actually a downtuned CBR250 engine. I found the power delivered in very in useful rpm range. I havent been riding the WR so cannot comment upon that. But have had a week on a KLX250. But it was the carburated model and the Crf beats that in all ways.

Some Crf owners do go down one tooth on the front sprocket - I guess good for offroading and around town riding but personally I wouldnt do that on a bike for overlanding. Have a go on a WR if possible and share your experiences....
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Hey folks, another step forward.

So yesterday I test rode the KLX250, purely because I had nothing else to do. I took it out for about 40 minutes around town. I didn't get a chance to take off road, but I did find a very beat up farm access road so I flew up and down that a few times.

Keep in mind this is the FI Euro version of the KLX and not the carb'd American version.

I felt that it had a bit more power than the Honda certainly, but since I got it home I looked over the stats and they are only within 1-2HP or so. Strange to think how much that actually shows at the wrist.

The problem though is that of the 3 the KLX is perhaps the least likely candidate to replace the GS as a super-lightweigh RTW steed. Service intervals are much shorter, very few aftermarket parts here in the UK and the closest place I could get an IMS tank sent from would be USA.

*siiiiggghh*

It really is frustrating living in the UK. No dual sport market makes life hard when searching for a lightweight tour option.

I went into a Yamaha dealership yesterday and discussed the WR250R, he said he was shocked the 250 even existed because for only £ 800 more you could have got a XT660! He really didn't understand the concept of lightweight adventure.

Typical European thinking.

Well I give myself perhaps 2 more weeks of looking into my options and expenses regarding the WR. So far it's looking like a £12,000 bill to get a hold of USED bikes, never mind new. I could have 2 Used CRF's for £6,000.

I really need to get that figure well under £10k to make the Yamahas a feasible option.
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It really is frustrating living in the UK. No dual sport market makes life hard when searching for a lightweight tour option.
oh please...do not sin, there are thousand of places more frustrating to live then UK

Get a KTM 690 enduro R, almost same weight as crf250l and you'll get guts to travel efficiently. 250cc is not meant for that.
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Ehm, the kato is 310 pounds dry. The WRR is 295 wet. Bit of a difference.
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It really is frustrating living in the UK. No dual sport market makes life hard when searching for a lightweight tour option.

I went into a Yamaha dealership yesterday and discussed the WR250R, he said he was shocked the 250 even existed because for only £ 800 more you could have got a XT660! He really didn't understand the concept of lightweight adventure.

Typical European thinking.
No kidding. The main reason there is no 100kg 500cc long service interval offroad weapon. No other reason as a large part of the global market has nowhere to ride them.

I'll sell you mine with all the bells and whistles (overland ready) for a good price if you can wait until next year.
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WRR is simply not worthy the money they're asking, and your dealer is right - you're better off buying xt660z which costs almost the same. (if you were to buy WRR)

BTW you can wait for new crf450 Rally coming soon from honda
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completely different animal and way lower spec. And with that rational there is no point getting anything smaller than a 650.

The honda weighs 330 pound. Not even close to the mark.
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oh please...do not sin, there are thousand of places more frustrating to live then UK

Get a KTM 690 enduro R, almost same weight as crf250l and you'll get guts to travel efficiently. 250cc is not meant for that.
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WRR is simply not worthy the money they're asking, and your dealer is right - you're better off buying xt660z which costs almost the same. (if you were to buy WRR)

BTW you can wait for new crf450 Rally coming soon from honda
Well, I dunno if my dealer was right to recommend me a 200kg lump when I asked about a 130kg trail bike.

Especially as I still have the dust in my hair from Russia on a 200kg machine, and he was sat on his arse in a computer chair.

The KTM 690 is certainly an option, but it's not just me on this expedition, If I were going alone I would be more seriously considering the KTM. My sidekick is Kyla; a a 130lb 21 year old female, who although just manhadled a F8GS around Eastern Europe, I think would struggle when the roads get reeeaally bad. I worry the extra 20kg on top of the 900+mm seat heights would cause problems.

Now a Honda CRF450 would be an amaaaaazing prospect. But I worry it will be just like the Yamaha WR450Rally, or the KTM450 Rally or any of the other 400+ Rally bikes that already exist for the public.


All I want is a WR450R or CRF450L...
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Ehm, the kato is 310 pounds dry. The WRR is 295 wet. Bit of a difference.
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No kidding. The main reason there is no 100kg 500cc long service interval offroad weapon. No other reason as a large part of the global market has nowhere to ride them.

I'll sell you mine with all the bells and whistles (overland ready) for a good price if you can wait until next year.
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completely different animal and way lower spec. And with that rational there is no point getting anything smaller than a 650.

The honda weighs 330 pound. Not even close to the mark.
I think I have to agree with you. Every extra lb in the machine is a lb you will wish you never had when you leave. That goes for kit, bike and belly fat!

Weight is actually the main reason I am considering 250's. I am not convinced by the power or it's merits on tarmac at all, although I am sure it's possible. But I just can't ignore 130kg wet weight. That's the holy grail of overland travel in the developing world.

Hmmm Nect year?... Can you bring it over next week?
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All I want is a WR450R or CRF450L...
You might have a long weight for either of those bikes unfortunately - Id be buying one too, as long as the motor is not too highly strung!


What is the price of the CCM 450 in the UK? I know they are expensive here in Canada ($12,000 + CAD)


At least with the WR250 you can easily put the Athena 290 kit in and give it a bit more pep
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Hmmm Nect year?... Can you bring it over next week?
Sorry mate, but I'll drive it up your driveway after I ripsnort along the dirt tracks of Africa on it first. After that I'm done with adv riding and I'll be possibly getting a 100kg 500cc snorter and put up with the once a year piston change. Maybe once every 2 years.
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